Dental Hygiene ETDs
An Assessment of Oral Health Discussion between Primary Care Providers and Their Patients with Diabetes
Individuals diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, are not given information regarding the relationship between diabetes and oral health. The purpose of this study was to assess whether primary care providers discuss the association between oral health and diabetes mellitus to their patients with diabetes, if they refer to dental providers and where is oral health ranked in importance during a routine exam.
A secure electronic survey was sent to the Medical Director of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, requesting it be forwarded to providers in each primary care clinical facility. Survey was open for two weeks, ten surveys were collected, two were incomplete, not used for data, resulting in a total of eight participants. Results were inconclusive due to limited number of participants. Overall, data suggested primary care providers do not regularly discuss the association between oral hygiene and diabetes, indicating lack of knowledge and confidence in this subject.
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oral health, diabetes mellitus, primary care providers
Huizar, Rocio. "An Assessment of Oral Health Discussion between Primary Care Providers and Their Patients with Diabetes." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dehy_etds/34